aggressive

adjective
ag·​gres·​sive | \ ə-ˈgre-siv How to pronounce aggressive (audio) \

Definition of aggressive

1a : tending toward or exhibiting aggression aggressive behavior
b : marked by combative readiness an aggressive fighter
2a : marked by obtrusive energy and self-assertiveness a rude, aggressive personality
b : marked by driving forceful energy or initiative : enterprising an aggressive salesman
3 : strong or emphatic in effect or intent aggressive colors aggressive flavors
4 : growing, developing, or spreading rapidly aggressive bone tumors
5 : more severe, intensive, or comprehensive than usual especially in dosage or extent aggressive chemotherapy

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Other Words from aggressive

aggressively adverb
aggressiveness noun
aggressivity \ ˌa-​ˌgre-​ˈsi-​və-​tē How to pronounce aggressivity (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for aggressive

aggressive, militant, assertive, self-assertive mean obtrusively energetic especially in pursuing particular goals. aggressive implies a disposition to dominate often in disregard of others' rights or in determined and energetic pursuit of one's ends. aggressive in his business dealings militant also implies a fighting disposition but suggests not self-seeking but devotion to a cause, movement, or principle. militant protesters rallied against the new law assertive suggests bold self-confidence in expression of opinion. the more assertive speakers dominated the forum self-assertive connotes forwardness or brash self-confidence. a self-assertive young upstart

Examples of aggressive in a Sentence

He started to get aggressive and began to shout. an aggressive lawyer whose tactics have made people angry The team plays a very aggressive style of defense. The company took aggressive steps to prevent illegal use of their equipment. The publisher has been very aggressive in promoting the book. The city began an aggressive campaign to encourage recycling. an aggressive form of cancer
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Recent Examples on the Web Carolyn, My mom died 3 weeks ago of an aggressive cancer that had been diagnosed just a month prior. The Washington Post, "Carolyn Hax Live: 'The emotional needs of a cactus'," 8 May 2020 Washington is yelling, making aggressive gestures and putting up his middle fingers in the video. Freep.com, "Pontiac family grieves while coronavirus leaves some domestic abuse victims in isolation," 7 May 2020 Oregon’s aggressive steps to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus may have averted more than 70,000 infections, including almost 1,500 hospitalizations, according to a new analysis released Friday by state health officials. oregonlive, "Oregon’s strict social distancing averted 70,000 coronavirus infections, new analysis shows," 24 Apr. 2020 His filing came just days after two voice recordings surfaced of Larsa making calls to police alleging that her husband was being verbally aggressive toward her. Robyn Merrett, PEOPLE.com, "Larsa Pippen Defends Ex Scottie Pippen After The Last Dance Highlights His Chicago Bulls Contract," 20 Apr. 2020 The misogyny and xenophobia of her characters are startlingly aggressive; the book is filled with a bitterness that doesn’t taste quite as clean as rage. Nadja Spiegelman, The New York Review of Books, "As Clean as Rage," 8 Apr. 2020 Facing an exploding number of coronavirus cases in nursing homes, the Trump administration unveiled new guidelines aimed at stemming the spread, including aggressive steps to segregate the infected and constant mask-wearing for staff members. Jon Kamp, WSJ, "U.S. Nursing Homes Urged to Take More Stringent Coronavirus Measures to Control Fast Spread," 3 Apr. 2020 The state has not done any aggressive testing of people who are not seriously ill. Stephanie Innes, azcentral, "Coronavirus testing is ramping up in Arizona. Here's what we know," 18 Mar. 2020 The move was so aggressive and sparked a rally that was so powerful and broad-based that today those bonds are all the way back up near par value, and Surgery Partners was able to raise another $120 million from loan investors earlier this month. Lisa Lee, Bloomberg.com, "No Junk Debt Is Too Risky: How Fed’s Bailout Changed Everything," 28 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of aggressive

1716, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for aggressive

borrowed from New Latin aggressīvus, from Latin aggressus, past participle of aggredī "to step up to, approach, attack" + -īvus -ive — more at aggress

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15 May 2020

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“Aggressive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aggressive. Accessed 24 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for aggressive

aggressive

adjective
How to pronounce aggressive (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of aggressive

: ready and willing to fight, argue, etc. : feeling or showing aggression
: using forceful methods to succeed or to do something
: very severe

aggressive

adjective
ag·​gres·​sive | \ ə-ˈgre-siv How to pronounce aggressive (audio) \

Kids Definition of aggressive

1 : showing a readiness to fight or argue an aggressive dog aggressive behavior
2 : engaging in hostile action without reasonable cause an aggressive nation
3 : being forceful in getting things done an overly aggressive salesperson

Other Words from aggressive

aggressively adverb
aggressiveness noun

aggressive

adjective
ag·​gres·​sive | \ ə-ˈgres-iv How to pronounce aggressive (audio) \

Medical Definition of aggressive

1 : tending toward or exhibiting aggression aggressive behavior
2 : growing, developing, or spreading rapidly aggressive bone tumors
3 : more severe, intensive, or comprehensive than usual especially in dosage or extent aggressive chemotherapy aggressive surgical intervention — compare conservative

Other Words from aggressive

aggressively adverb
aggressiveness noun
aggressivity \ ˌag-​ˌre-​ˈsiv-​ət-​ē How to pronounce aggressivity (audio) \ noun, plural aggressivities

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